Asma Mohammed: MNCASA Demanding Justice Award

The Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) has awarded a 2019 AWARE: Demanding Justice award to Reviving Sisterhood Advocacy Director Asma Mohammed. This award is given to leaders who are committed to preventing and addressing sexual violence in Minnesota.

Asma became a pioneer in the Muslim community when she introduced sexual violence healing work at Reviving Sisterhood. She has been the strongest voice in our community talking about sexual violence, sharing her story, advocating for legislation and helping others heal.

MNCASA is a membership organization that supports the work of sexual assault programs state-wide. MNCASA represents 70 plus agencies throughout Minnesota and tribal lands, most of whom are community-based advocacy agencies providing direct service to victims/survivors within their communities.

For over 40 years, MNCASA has provided leadership and resources for sexual assault agencies and allies to prevent sexual violence while promoting a comprehensive, socially just response for all victims/ survivors.


Asma Mohammed: 2018 Changemaker

Minnesota Women’s Press has awarded a 2018 Changemaker Award to Asma Mohammed, Advocacy Director of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment.

The annual Changemakers issue honors individuals and organizations in Minnesota whose actions have promoted greater equality, justice, or self-determination for women and girls. 

In November 2017, Mohammed launched the RISE healing circle for Muslim women who have experienced sexual violence and those who aspired to be allies. She expected about 10 attendees at the first meeting; 30 women came.

“This is the only thing of its kind in Minnesota,” says Mohammed. “Knowing that we are providing a safe space in which Muslim women can be themselves, and share their trauma, and also find some healing, is beautiful. It is the most rewarding work I do.”

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Cultural Jambalaya 2018 Diversity Award

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Cultural Jambalaya has awarded a 2018 Diversity Award to Reviving Sisterhood for our Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota storytelling project. The Diversity Awards honor four inspirational Minnesota champions who have made a positive difference by advancing multiculturalism or cultural diversity in their communities.

Alongside Reviving Sisterhood, Indian Education Department at Minneapolis Public Schools; Nathaniel (Nate) Beulah of Northeast Middle School; and Aaisha Said, Ben Herstig, Miranda Shapiro, & Ilham Nur of HHS Responds at Hopkins High School received awards in 2018.

Cultural Jambalaya is a photography-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote understanding and respect for all cultures. Cultural Jambalaya aims to celebrate cultural differences — and similarities — while benefiting nonprofit organizations and schools.

Best Shorts Competition 2018 Award of Merit

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The Best Shorts Film Competition has awarded its prestigious Award of Merit to Reviving Sisterhood Filmmaker Ariel Tilson. The award was given for Tilson’s digital short, Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota: Valerie Shirley.

The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change.

We are honored that Best Shorts recognizes the social change that the Sisterhood is aspiring to create. Our Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota storytelling project provides positive, realistic imagery in order to change negative public narratives about Muslim women.

In winning a Best Shorts Award, Reviving Sisterhood joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award.

Summer 2018 Roy W. Dean Grant Award Finalist

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From the Heart Productions has named Reviving Sisterhood’s Muslim Sheroes of Minnesota storytelling project a finalist for the Summer 2018 Roy W. Dean Grant Award.

Roy W. Dean Film Grants fund independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films with small budgets that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without the help of the grant, might otherwise never get made.

There are three Roy W. Dean Film Grants available each year for spring, summer, and fall. Winners receive a cash award as well as goods and discounted services offered by film industry companies and professionals who care about getting good films produced. There are 20 films remaining in competition for the summer 2018 grant.

From the Heart Productions is a nonprofit whose mission is to help indie filmmakers get film funding. Since 1993, the organization has assisted hundreds of documentary, feature, short films, and web series in getting funded through their Roy W. Dean Grant, Fiscal Sponsorship Program, and Intentional Filmmaking Class. From the Heart believes that independent filmmakers, who devote most of their time to the creative process, need help when it comes to raising money.

Nausheena Hussain: 2016 Changemaker

Minnesota Women’s Press has awarded a 2016 Changemaker Award to Nausheena Hussain, Executive Director of Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment.

The annual Changemakers issue honors individuals and organizations in Minnesota whose actions have promoted greater equality, justice, or self-determination for women and girls. 

Nausheena Hussain has a quiet composure, sitting at the back of the Daybreak Bookshop on the University of Minnesota campus, surrounded by books about cultural change through individual empowerment and the female voice. As she explains how she and other Muslim women are becoming connected and engaged, her enthusiasm bubbles over.

"We need to be visible, taking action, in order to have a more significant impact." RISE increases visibility and engagement of Muslim women by empowering them to participate in political caucuses, advocate to their elected representatives, defend themselves, act as delegates and election judges - and gives them the tools to take their own action.

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